Tafic FC, which is back in the premier league this 2023/2024 season, has no plans of relegating to the lower league again. Instead, the Matjimenyenga Boys are eager to contest for the elite league’s top 8.
The Botswana Football League (BFL) is anticipated to commence on September 16th, 2023 and the Francistown based side is happy with its preparations for the new season.
The club’s public relations officer, Kabelo Dipholo told Times Sport that coming from the First Division League, their main aim is to retain their BFL status by avoiding relegation. He stated that going forward they know that a total of four teams will be relegated so it is very important that they reach the top 8.
“We have never doubted ourselves as we believe that we are capable to compete as our team consists of talented players. I believe that we are ready to compete in the premier league because we have been there before and we know what is expected of us hence we say we are ready for the next challenge,” Dipholo assured.
According to him, their preparations for the new season are proceeding well, noting that they had a couple of pre-season tournaments in Selibe Phikwe, Letlhakane and another one in Mahalapye. He added that all the tournaments consisted of experienced teams and players. Dipholo has revealed that the team is currently in Gaborone at Lekidi Football Centre to continue with their preparations which will entail playing a couple of games.
“I would like to tell our supporters that we are back in the BPL as one of the biggest performing team in Botswana in the same level with all other teams in the league. We need to ensure that we fill up the stadium in Francistown so that when teams come we create a very good atmosphere turning the stadium into a fortress. We need everyone to know that Matjimenyenga would remain the undefeated,” he said.
Matjimenyenga Boys got an automatic promotion to the BPL after finishing with 46 points garnered from the 22 games played out of which they won 13 games, drew seven and lost two. Matebele FC and VTM FC from the Debswana First Division South were also promoted to the BPL while Miscellaneous FC and Rolling Guys got relegated.
Matebele FC and VTM are also playing different pre-season tournaments with different experienced teams as a way of preparing for their next assignment in the premier league.
In their recent press release, BPL announced that all their elite league clubs have fulfilled the club licensing requirements without breaking sweat.